I only noticed when I started to write my food finds this month that they were nearly all carb heavy! Maybe I should have called it my ‘carb finds of the month’. From October I’ve got for you some a great pizza place, handmade doughnuts and the best piece of toast I’ve ever eaten! Here are Octobers London Food Finds (2018) : Picks From London’s Best Restaurants.
26 Grains was given the title of London’s first porridge cafe when it arrived here in 2016. Their menu is full of fancy bowls of oats (sweet & savoury) which are topped with nutritious nut butters and fresh fruits. Porridge maybe their thing, However, I urge you to try the best piece of toast I’ve ever eaten. Creamy mascarpone and fresh berries are paired with a drizzle of honey & sprinkling of lemon thyme. A seriously heavenly combo. The cafe sits in the beautiful Neals Yard which if you didn’t see my blog post on it I highly recommend you check it out here. A quaint spot to enjoy a spot of breakfast but make sure to get there early.
1 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP, http://www.26grains.com
If you haven’t heard of PoP Brixton before it’s a buzzing hub of retailers, restaurants and food startups housed in a shipping container in South London – Made of Dough is one of those. This little pizza kiosk was created by 2 guys who have been friends since school and both brought up in Italian and Spanish families. The pizza is Neopolitan style with its iconic ‘leopard print’ spots and interestingly enough they’ve nodded to their Spanish heritage aswell by using great ingredients from Spain. A delicious pizza to try!
Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ, http://www.madeofdough.co.uk
If you weren’t looking for The Dusty Knuckle Bakery you’d miss it and I highly recommend you seek it out immediately. The bakery sits off a side street in what looks like an old allotment or car park. Every day they make batches of beautiful bread, pastries and are famous for their epic sandwiches. I popped in for breakfast and treated myself to a bacon sarnie on their famous focaccia. Can all be enjoyed inside their quaint courtyard/coffeehouse or taken home to be enjoyed later on. I’d recommend you do both 😉
Abbot St, London E8 3DP, https://www.thedustyknuckle.com
A Bread Ahead baking class has been on my list ever since I moved to London and I was lucky enough to attend one to make their famous doughnuts. If you haven’t heard, seen or eaten seen a Bread Ahead doughnut you’re missing out because they bloody delicious (see blog on London’s best doughnuts here) The class lasts half a day and they teach you everything you need to know from start to finish how to make doughnuts just like theirs and let me tell you it’s hard work!! The class is informal, fun and really insightful. One to add to your must do list!
Borough Market, Cathedral St, London SE1 9DE, https://www.breadahead.com
1 Fashion n Pizza is the brainchild of Andrea and Martina, an Italian couple with two great passions in life. Andrea’s, Pizza. Martina’s, fashion. In 2017 they combined their two loves in life and opened concept their store serving pizza and selling fashion. They also run really pizza fun classes to teach from start to finish how to make one at yourself at home. You can see a full blog post from 1n1 here plus details on how to you can get a discount on the class!
56 Middlesex St, London E1 7EZ, https://1n1fashionnpizza.com
If you love chocolate then you have to take this tour. Chocolate Ecstasy eas started in 2005 by Jennifer Earle who wanted to combine her passion for London, meeting new people and of course chocolate. The tour takes you around some of London’s iconic neighbourhoods to a host of artisan chocolate shops where you’ll get to try lots of samples of indulgent and unusual chocolates while also learning about the history of the shops and chocolate industry. You also get a special discount in most shops to buy anything you want to take away. It’s well worth it and you’ll leave on a serious chocolate high. See their website for more details.
Cattivo Bar is one of 3 Italian bars in London that belong to the same group ( Look up Martello and Canova Hall too!) Cattivo are a gorgeous all-eatery with a buzzing open kitchen doing Italian comfort food and cocktails. Think big bowls of meatball, melt in your mouth ragu and Italian doughnuts that you dunk in salted caramel. It’s a beautiful space designed with an industrial feel and tall windows. It’s the type of place where a Saturday evening dinner could turn into a whole evening full of cocktails but also somewhere for a chilled Sunday with friends.
207 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8BA, https://www.cattivobar.com